While most people are ready to detox after the holidays from all the sweets and delicious food they've (over) consumed, I've only just now gotten started. Our Christmas was sans sweets due to the fact that I was sick with the flu. So I thought it was only fair, in these waning moments of 2010 to make a treat for my husband in appreciation for his caretaking skills.
While I know he LOVES chocolate cookies, I also knew I wanted to do something a little different. Luckily I still had leftover dried cherries and walnuts from the lack of holiday baking I did. I did have strength to stock up on the supplies evidently.
I love the combination of chocolate with cherries and nuts. It almost feels like its a healthy cookie if you overlooked the two cups of sugar and half a pound of butter.
I won't tell anyone if you don't.
Chocolate Cherry Cookies with Walnuts
2 cups self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 pound (2 sticks or 8 ounces) of unsalted butter
2 large eggs
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups dried cherries
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
In a mixer, cream the butter and sugars together until fluffy (a couple of minutes) Add the eggs, one at a time. Add the cocoa (1/3 cup at a time) mix until incorporated. Scrape down the sides and resume. Add the flour (1/2 cup at a time) let incorporate and then add another 1/2 cup until the flour is completely mixed in. Stop the mixer and take out the mixing bowl. Add the dried cherries and fold in with a spatula until incorporated. Repeat with the walnuts. Use a 1 inch cookie scoop and place on cookies sheets. Bake on (parchment lined or silpat lined) cookie sheets at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. They will seem slightly underdone but as my mentor (a chef) once said - "You can never under-bake a cookie"